Lucia Side Story 3.2: Happily Ever After

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HAPPILY EVER AFTER(2)

 

“Nowadays, Ethan is also going to the Duke’s residence with Selena.” (Beth)

“Ethan?”

Kwiz didn’t anticipate this unexpected news about his third son.

“Ethan is going to the Duke’s residence? Why?”

“The third son of Marquis Philip often visits the ducal residence and apparently, his age is very similar to Ethan’s. He seems very excited about making friends with his peers.”

“Hmm, the children have already reached the age where they are looking for friends more than their parents.”

Although it was said that children only listened when they were young, Kwiz wasn’t yet ready to let Selena out of his protection.[1] As her husband mumbled while looking discouraged, Beth said something even more shocking to him.

“The reason Selena keeps going to the ducal residence isn’t just because she enjoys playing with the Duke’s young daughter.”

“What are you talking about?”

“I’m talking about Selena.”

Beth couldn’t stop herself from smiling as she spoke.

“She fell for Sir. Taran.”

Kwiz didn’t understand the Queen’s meaning for a moment then his eyes gradually grew bigger and his gaze quivered with shock.

“…Sir. Taran? You mean, Count Taran, son of Duke Taran?”

When the Queen nodded, Kwiz slammed his hand on the table and jumped to his feet.

“What is this—?! Do you know how old Count Taran is right now?”

“When Selena is seventeen, Sir. Taran will be 27. Their age difference isn’t unsuitable.”

“…”

Kwiz sat back down. The difference between eight and eighteen felt like a huge gap but once you added 9 years to it, it changed into a commonly acceptable difference.

“…but still, what does an eight-year-old know?”

“Just like Your Majesty says, what does Selena know? It’s probably just curiosity and yearning in the same manner when she sees a pretty doll and indulges in it. However, Your Majesty. Girls grow up quickly. In five years’ time, that yearning will change to love.”

He hadn’t even released her from his protection yet. Kwiz had never thought about marrying off his daughter. She couldn’t live by his side forever. He knew that but when he realized that his daughter’s marriage might not be that far away, he felt like he had lost all the energy in his body.

“My Queen, you seem to be very pleased with Sir. Taran.”

“Oh, very much so. Sir. Taran’s succession seems to be set in stone and whether it is his personality, appearance or ability, there is nothing to complain about. Hasn’t Your Majesty also praised Sir. Taran frequently?”

“Well that…”

Even if you say he was named the youngest Count thanks to his father’s support, becoming the Academy’s youngest Shyta wasn’t something that could be achieved with backing alone.

‘Taran Gong is such a lucky devil, eh.’

In most cases, if the father was outstanding, the children’s capability was usually below their father’s. However, Taran Gong’s son seemed to have inherited his father’s capability but none of his father’s personality defects, so he was more perfect.

‘And he’s only a year older than the Crown Prince.’

Compared to Count Taran, the Crown Prince was very young and immature.

“Do you want Selena to be seated as the Duchess?” (Kwiz)

“I cannot say I do not want that. Seeing Taran Gong’s unchanging affection for the Duchess has made my heart lean towards them. Wouldn’t Sir. Taran love his wife like that as well, seeing as he grew up watching his parents in that manner? It is every mother’s wish for her daughter to be loved by her husband and live happily.”(Beth)

“…”

“Were you merely jesting when you asked Taran Gong about becoming in-laws?”

“When the Duchess was pregnant, I was honestly willing to pair Selena up with them if the Duchess had a boy.”

“Why didn’t you consider pairing our son with them if they had a girl?”

“My Queen. Can you imagine how much dowry one would have to give to bring in Taran Gong’s daughter? This king can’t handle that.”

Beth gave her husband a sidelong scowl as he changed realistically concerning their son’s issue.

“I made a slight mention of it to the Duchess in passing but I ended up withdrawing. She told me the Duke was disinclined to a union between cousins.”

“Cousins?”

Kwiz considered the meaning of that word for a while. Strictly speaking, since the Duchess was his half-sister, their children were cousins. However, Kwiz had never thought of putting it in that category. It wasn’t because Kwiz was stupid or daft, but because in the royal family, the concept of having relatives between descendants was rare, unless they were blood siblings.

In Xenon, there was a law forbidding the marriage of blood relations within the second cousin. However, for the royal family, that law was practically nullified. Whether it was for political reasons or for carnal reasons, a king had more than ten concubines and many more children than that. Kwiz having only a few concubines and no children from those concubines was quite a rare case.

The women who entered the back palace for political reasons were daughters of noble families. If they were all slapped with the title of ‘relatives’, their descendants would not be able to find a marriage partner in the future when they grow up.

Especially in the case of the late King, whose licentiousness was to an excessive degree, quite a number of noble families were relatives.
There would be a limited scope of political marriage partners for their level. Thus, intermarriage between royal descendants such as cousins was something that happened openly.

Moreover, Count Taran was not even the Duchess’ biological son. Of course, since he was entered into the family register, their mother-son relationship was acknowledged as no different from biological according to the law, but in a place where intermarriage occurred between blood-related cousins, what was so uncomfortable about a marriage between people who were only acknowledged as cousins by law? Kwiz figured this was just another way to spin the rejection.

“I don’t believe Your Majesty isn’t thinking about it at all. Consider an engagement between Selena and Sir. Taran.”

Kwiz fell into deep thought.

Becoming in-laws with the Duke of Taran. It wasn’t a bad idea. If that happened, the royal family would be in-laws with the two Duke Houses that held the highest power in the nations. When it came to building a strong relationship, there was no means more stable than blood.

 

Translator’s Corner:
[1] This is saying that means: Children tend to obey their parents when they are young but do as they wish when they grow up.

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37 thoughts on “Lucia Side Story 3.2: Happily Ever After

  1. Wow, times fly by.. Damian already became the youngest Shita? Well well I’m enjoying the admirations toward Damian but straight out marriage between him and Selena? We don’t even know Selena’s hair color, much more her personality. Sorry to say, but I’m quite protective of our sweet Damian. And a complete calculation concerning unifying between Ducal & Royal family doesn’t feel right, what a loss for Taran’s House I mean.

    Thank you Miss Ruby & ShadowDog!

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    • It is a good relationship. I don’t think he has any kids with his concubines and he only married them for political reasons to keep their houses in check. Obviously the relationship between Lucia and Hugh is better.

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  2. I wonder how old was Damian when he became Shyta? Also, it was so weird that they kept referring to him as “Sir Taran” 😀 He’ll always be cutie Damian for me ^^
    If he’s 18, then… then… Hugh should transfer over his responsibilities soon, right? Although, I do wonder if he still wants to stick to this plan or hold it off for a few more years, since things have definitely changed for them in the last decade! (And Damian should enjoy his youth a little more – I mean, if he can. He was definitely a child who needed to be taught how to enjoy life, I hope that he had learnt in the last few years, especially when he was taken out of the boarding course and started to go home frequently.)

    Thank you very much for the chapter^^

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    • Don’t worry hugh once stated that after 10 to 15 years later he will hand over everything to Damian at least not before 15 years because he needs to trained him. And seriously I don’t want Selena with Damian plz author protect our Damian from this royal family especially from this father and daughter.

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  3. Huh Kwis have concubines I see. It’s kinda of a let down, I thought he was faithful to Queen Beth and really fell in love with her. Well, I had my suspicions when I first read – he visits to the Queen’s palace. I first thought they shared a palace together but they lived separately instead huhu.
    I kinda don’t want our precious Damian end up with Selena! First of, I kinda dislike King Kwis. He seems kinda annoying (that’s my opinion!) Sure maybe I will change my mind when i get to know Selena’s personality (maybe) but i don’t want Damian be married off just yet ><

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  4. I kind of don’t want Damien to be married yet. I want to read a story where he falls in love. Also yes Kwiz has concubines, it was mentioned earlier in the story. Apparently they are for gathering power but Kwiz also mentioned how he will make sure they can’t have any children too so I’m assuming he sleeps with the as well. I kind of understand why he needs them because they were for building his power platform but I don’t really like the idea of Damien marrying into the royal family or connecting the Taran house now with the royal family. 😂 looking forward to the next update!!

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  5. I don’t like this king at all he always searching for an opportunity for his profit I wish Selena end up like her aunt Katherine who dreams for taran prince and one day someone else will steal the prince and fly away and anyone else who think Ethan is going in taran household not for making friends but for our princess eve.

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  6. the only thing good about selena she could be prepared to get preg for damien since we all know how taran family blood line works. however i still will say NO >< kwiz u can keep ur daughter

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  7. Somehow I don’t like the idea of pairing Selena with our sweet Damian…

    I don’t know anything about Selene yet but my instinct told me that she will be so overbearing and too much for our sweet Damian… Just look at how she complained to her father about Eve having way nicer dollhouse than her while Eve just simply wanted a dollhouse from Duke Taran…

    I just want our Damian to be beside Eve only and took care of her till the end forever… lol

    And thanks for the chapters!!!

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    • Yep totally agree with you as father as daughter both of them is overbearing and I don’t want them to achieve anything they wish for because of kwiz’s selfishness Lucia in her parallel universe end up so miserable but yes our real king and princess is indeed Hugh and eve if Hugh want he can even kick this kwiz from the king’s position and our is eve already ruling over many hearts.

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  8. is it unusual to pair eve with damian?hahaha. just a wishful thinking. but I do not want damian to get engaged or married yet. he’s such a precious character in the story because of his innocence and cuteness. T.T

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  9. Can you imagine how much dowry one would have to give to bring in Taran Gong’s daughter? This king can’t handle that.- King sure knows him very well. Can Eve possibly get married ?😂😂 not only Duke but there’s Damian there’s Chris and I guess Bruno too to stop any possible man coming for her 😆😆

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  10. “Taran Gong’s son seemed to have inherited his father’s capability but none of his father’s personality defects, so he was more perfect.” THIS!! Lol it cracked me up so much why do they always say that hahaha. I ship Damian and Selana too but I’m wondering how the royalty will take it if the Tarans inform them why the Princess needs to eat mugwort as soon as she gets her period IF, the engagement will push through. Hmmmmmmmm

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  11. Ever since I caught up with the webtoon, I binge-read the novel through your translations (it’s been about a week) and now I’ve caught up!!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to translate 💕

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  12. While reading this chapter I busted too many A’wwww, Selena falling for our Damian is so cute! young love indeed, but still I thought it would be more interesting If Damian actually falls in love with a completely new girl he has never met, WAIT I thought so, I don’t want Damian to grow up, he’s still a baby to me ( TT o TT )

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  13. I feel like I’m being unreasonable for not wanting Damien to be with the princess. I just can’t seem to accept that outcome. I feel like he should find someone else other the princess. He is still a baby. He can’t grow up that fast.

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  14. Oh my, Damian and Selena are both growing up quickly. It’s sad and cute at the same time😩 /what?/ anyways, if they are going to be engaged, then Selena has to eat mugwort leaf as soon as she gets period though.
    Thank you for the chapter, Miss Ruby!!!

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  15. Thanks so much for translating Miss Ruby! I’ve been reading this novel non-stop ever since I found it and I love it so much! Now that I’ve caught up I might try rereading it in Korean.

    I hope there’ll be future chapters with Roy and that he’ll get to see Eve. I’m so glad Damian finally became Shyta and I hope to see more of him growing up!

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  16. I dont like the idea about damian and selena. Because, i dont like kwiz at the first place. He never care about his other half-sisters including lucia. He only care about Katherine. And the second, he is greedy i think. He is thinking the benefit from taran family if selena married damian. And then, From this chapter i can conclude that selena is a spoiled child. I hesitate if she has a good personality. Eve is spoiled too, but lucia is her mother. Lucia has good personality. But no on from royal family have good personality.

    I just hope damian will fall in love naturally to somebody beautiful and kind like lucia.

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